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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by cinnamon synonym on January 19, 2017, 02:28:45 PM »
On balance, this all leaves me leaning pretty strongly toward Stetson, but that 103 number is really getting to me. Is UF that much better that I should give up $17,119 a year plus room? Is FSU good enough that I should ignore their lack of concentrations and the distance from my family?

Your reasoned thoughts are greatly appreciated.







Semper Fi.

Try not to allow "noise" complicate tho HUGE decision for you.
 
The distance to your family is ALL important for your wellbeing and the adventure of life...keep them close.

The Tampa bay market is where you will make rooted connections...

The money and more importantly "time" are valuable.

Going to Stetson is thinking smarter;not harder.

In other words.....dont buy Clorox when all you really want is bleach.
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Law School Admissions / Re: Will i get in
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 19, 2017, 01:11:33 PM »
Geographical Convenience is a factor, but a potential trap as well.
Most don't "really" know where they want to spend their lives, and many (if not most) of those who THINK they do would still trade that in for an improved enough situation in life (job satisfaction, wages, etc) or their minds may change as they grow older. (not to even get into "socio-economic demographic changes".....ask former Flint Parents who got tired of their kids getting stabbed in former "nice" neighborhoods)

Its just given too much weight by some is my point. Unless its a non ABA school, it doesn't really matter.
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Law School Admissions / Re: Will i get in
« Last post by Maintain FL 350 on January 19, 2017, 10:05:27 AM »
A couple of points:

Can you get into any top twenty school? Yeah, it's possible if you can increase your LSAT by at least 3-4 points. UCLA's 50% LSAT is 167, so to have a real shot you'd need to really bring that 159 up.

More importantly, I think that maybe you are already making a common mistake. You're focusing on rankings instead of looking at the bigger picture, of which rankings are only a component.

Certain schools are inherently prestigious, and their reputations speak for themselves (Harvard, Yale, etc). There is nothing automatically magical, however, about a school being included in the top 20. Boston U, Iowa and Emory have all been in the top 20, and although they are all good schools, I promise that law firms in LA and San Francisco are not falling over themselves to snatch up Iowa grads.

So, if you have the numbers to get into someplace like Harvard, awesome. You will do great. But if you are trying to decide between Iowa and Loyola-LA for example, and are inclined to go to Iowa because Hey, it's Top 20!, then you need to step back at look at the whole picture.

You need to think about where you want to live and work, what you want to do, how much debt you can handle, etc. If your goal is to be a prosecutor in LA, for example, a big scholarship from Pepperdine or Loyola could be a better bet than a huge debt from an out of state school.
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Law School Admissions / Re: Will i get in
« Last post by Ang ziety on January 19, 2017, 02:47:17 AM »
Depends on what exactly you mean by "top law school", but if you mean T14, then no, probably not. Your GPA is very good, but average for top schools. Your LSAT, however, is significantly lower than any T14.

Resume, extracurriculars, etc won't make much difference.

That said you can either retake the LSAT and shoot for a higher score, or apply as is. Plenty of schools with good local reputations would happily accept a 3.85/159 applicant, and many will come with scholarship offers.

To an extant, this depends on what you want to do and where you want to live. If you want Harvard and Biglaw, you need to increase your LSAT, period. If you're looking to be a prosecutor in Peoria, a scholarship to a good local school might be just fine.


^ I am hoping for anywhere in the top 20. UCLA would be a dream. My gpa should be 3.87 by graduation. Would an increase in LSAT by just a few points make a big difference? For example, could I get into these schools with a 162-163?
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Law School Admissions / Re: Will i get in
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 18, 2017, 07:12:11 PM »
I think one point higher is a full scholarships at T4 schools.
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god damn it spambots you think law students either need undergrad and/or are too stupid to know what "international accreditation" means!??!?!!

-I honestly assume you must be a Pakistani with down syndrome to think this............
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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by 🍟💵🌲🍥 on January 18, 2017, 07:09:14 PM »
Not trying to be "that guy" but if your wife lives in another town you are likely to either fail or lose wife, most likely both.

I wouldn't do this at all.
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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by Maintain FL 350 on January 18, 2017, 02:40:59 PM »
That's a tough situation. I went through law school with a wife and kids, and it is no walk in the park. My wife was already a lawyer, so I was lucky that I had a spouse who understood the time commitment involved.

I can understand your desire to reduce the distance as much as possible. I would only add that it's important that your wife be on board with the decision, and that she truly grasps how much time you will need to devote to law school. It's a grind, but people make it work. Best of luck to you! 
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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: UF, FSU, or Stetson with qualifications
« Last post by TimothySeiler on January 18, 2017, 01:49:20 PM »
The wife is set on staying in her home town for her support network. I cannot change that. I am not expecting to commute either. I don't have direct experience, but I expect law school to eat away at me (especially since I am a perfectionist and will be looking to be the top in my class, on the trial team, etc.). I hope to travel home on the weekends, or maybe twice a month if I need to do additional school work.

That's why distance factors so heavily in the conversation, and why I dismissed the idea of William and Mary even though they are offering me $10k a year and the GI Bill would pay for all tuition. I have no love of Tampa, but it seems hard to turn down the money offered by Stetson even if UF is going to make getting a job easier later. The problem is that the two considerations are so different that it is hard to compare them.
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Law School Admissions / Re: Will i get in
« Last post by Maintain FL 350 on January 17, 2017, 09:39:38 PM »
Depends on what exactly you mean by "top law school", but if you mean T14, then no, probably not. Your GPA is very good, but average for top schools. Your LSAT, however, is significantly lower than any T14.

Resume, extracurriculars, etc won't make much difference.

That said you can either retake the LSAT and shoot for a higher score, or apply as is. Plenty of schools with good local reputations would happily accept a 3.85/159 applicant, and many will come with scholarship offers.

To an extant, this depends on what you want to do and where you want to live. If you want Harvard and Biglaw, you need to increase your LSAT, period. If you're looking to be a prosecutor in Peoria, a scholarship to a good local school might be just fine.
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